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WWF Calls for Part Rejection of EU Climate and Energy Package

by
alister
on
Dec 15 2008

The WWF UK is calling on the European Parliament to reject parts of the deal agreed by European Head’s of Government for the EU Climate and Energy Package. The agreement has been jointly condemned as a failure by the Climate Action Network Europe, Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace, Oxfam and WWF.

The WWF on the European Parliament to reject the ‘Effort Sharing Law’, which sets national emission targets for sectors not included in the EU’s emissions trading scheme such as transport, buildings and agriculture. This is seen as inconsistent with the EU’s long term target of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

Head of Campaigns at WWF UK, Colin Butfield, said -

‘EU politicians may be hoping to trumpet today’s deal on climate change as a great success, but in reality this is a significant failure. Europe has essentially decided to off-set almost two thirds of its own greenhouse gas emissions, to have consumers pay for emissions permits that polluting companies will have received for free and to avoid supporting poorer countries in the fight to tackle climate change. By refusing to place a pollution limit on fossil fuel power stations as part of the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Directive, EU Heads of Government have also failed to ensure that heavily polluting power stations will no longer be part of our future and are leaving the door open for new unabated coal throughout Europe.’

The way we live in the UK is leading to environmental threats such as climate change, species extinction, deforestation, water shortages and the collapse of fisheries. WWF’s One Planet Future Campaign is working to help people live a good quality of life within the earth’s capacity.

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